Organised by Pete Joels
These courses were over 2 days on on 11th/12th June 2019, with different members doing the driving & firing each day. Each course accommodates x8 'driving experience' participants; each working c. 16 miles on the footplate of a 'medium sized' loco (driving it for c. x8 miles and firing it for c. x8 miles).
Following 08.30 intro'/briefing at Bewdley, our loco (2857 Ex-Great Western Railway Class 2800)with its c.200 ton train (5 or 6 coaches) undertakes two return runs from Bewdley to Bridgnorth via Kidderminster (c.64 miles in total) through the day. Without loco turning facilities at Bridgnorth, half of the 64 total mileage will require the loco to be driven/fired in reverse - So… working in pairs (one drives while the other fires) in two separate 8 mile stints, swopping sides halfway through each stint, everyone thus drives and fires 8 miles working forwards and 8 miles backwards = 16 miles in total each driving and firing throughout the day.
Apart from those on the course, guest and other Club members could come along for the ride, or get on and off where they liked. With both days ending around 17.45, everyone reckoned it was a nicely balanced and very full day of action. Thus, we can now reflect that as those days fade into the past, the smiles all were wearing won’t fade much as they turn to fond memories of a great day out with a bunch of fellow clubmates!
Below are a selection of photographs that where taken throughout the two day, click on the below to see a larger image: